Impact Programs

Looking for the chance to develop critical leadership and business skills through hands-on opportunities? Our competitions, awards, and other programs give you the chance to stand up, stand out, and start making an impact right now.

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  • Help us generate groundbreaking ideas to nourish 9 billion healthy people by 2050. Dig into the complex issues surrounding our global food system and come and be part of an experience that can transform your passion into powerful action!

  • *This workshop is open to Berkeley students

    Join us for a powerful conversation exploring the structural roots of racism and its current manifestations. This three-hour workshop will help you understand and address racism – on campus and in your community.

  • Join us for a powerful conversation exploring the structural roots of racism and its current manifestations. This four-hour workshop (lunch provided) will help you understand and address racism – on campus and in your community.

  • *This workshop is only open to Mills College students

    Join us for a powerful conversation exploring the structural roots of racism and its current manifestations. This three-hour workshop will help you understand and address racism – on campus and in your community.

  • Join our global innovation series in a city near you! Our one-day Impactathon design challenge lets teams brainstorm and pitch solutions to a real social issue.

  • Compete to see which school can create the most collective social and environmental impact through taking small, simple actions and recording them online.

  • Develop valuable leadership and organizational skills. You'll compete to save America's fiscal future by running fun, thought-provoking campaigns on campus to raise awareness of the national debt.

  • Build a more sustainable future for California by becoming an Energy Ambassador. Through an easy-to-use energy assessment, you'll discover ways local business owners can reduce their utility costs.

  • Help us generate groundbreaking ideas to nourish 9 billion healthy people by 2050. Dig into the complex issues surrounding our global food system and come and be part of an experience that can transform your passion into powerful action!

  • Build your resume with tangible nonprofit management experience -- and build your network, too -- by serving as non-voting board member for six months to a year. Share your expertise with the organization and learn along the way.

  • Become an expert on environmentally sustainable practices by launching a green program. You can create a lasting impact on campus and in your community, and forge great connections in the process.

  • Start a social or environmental movement in your workplace, no matter where you are. A toolkit walks you through the process step-by-step and includes worksheets you can use to champion any project.

  • Connect with your peers and get the support you need for a successful impact job search with MAP (Making a Path). This workshop series comes with built-in resources to start your own group and hold each other accountable.

  • Turn your ideals into action by getting involved in your community with a short-term project. Get tangible nonprofit management and consulting experience and build your resume for a career in nonprofit or consulting fields.

  • Help the environment, your resume, and a small business with a do-it-yourself sustainability toolkit. Add green experience to your resume by helping businesses reduce their energy usage or get certified as a B Corp.

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  • Create innovative solutions to pressing national issues through MSNBC and Net Impact's Growing Hope Challenge. The best ideas submitted for expanding opportunities for women and girls in STEM, using technology to combat hunger and malnourishment, and increasing access to renewable energy will earn rewards.

  • Become a Hult Prize At Campus Director and play a pivotal role in the world's largest movement for social impact. Participate in a great experience, build your resume, and get the chance to guarantee jobs, internships and interviews at leading organizations.

  • This highly selective, paid summer program allows you to gain business, policy, and management skills, all while getting the opportunity to work in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

  • Help us solve some of California's critical energy challenges by signing up for our second annual PG&E Energy Ideation Lab. This one-day competition brings students together to apply design thinking principles to one of PG&E’s critical real-time issues. Space is limited, don't miss out!

  • If you’re excited about solar or renewables, consider the OneEnergy's scholarship award program. Scholars receive mentorship, networking opportunities, and career guidance as they pursue a career in renewable energy, as well as broad recognition for their achievements.

  • Develop a new business idea based on repurposing old smartphones or their components. The winning team will gain support for launching its new venture and the top three teams will be featured in a Sprint national press release and on an "Issues in Depth" webinar in April.

Previous programs

  • Solve timely issues in the Banana Republic Grad Student Challenge. Read more about last year's competition.

  • In this competition, we asked you to create a short video telling us how you plan to use your business skills to drive change. See our five winners.

  • Pitch your idea for a sustainable product or business solution to top business and sustainability leaders and win seed money to make your idea a reality. See our 2014 winners.